Every now and then, I re-issue the call for submissions. As both COVID and Francis fatigue have worn on, we’ve had had fewer submissions coming in. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired – of everything. And that’s understandable.

But that’s why it’s important to remember that 1P5’s original mission was (and still is): “Rebuilding Catholic Culture, Restoring Catholic Tradition.”

What has been happening in Rome, and more lately, the world, has diverted much of our attention to what seems to be a never-ending cascade of outrageous stories of crisis at all levels of Church and State. And while it’s important that we recognize, document, and confront these evils, we’ve discussed here multiple times that a glut of scandal and never-ending arguing are demoralizing things indeed. We need more than a daily barrage of bad news. We need to remind ourselves of the beauty of Catholicism and of the life God has given us. We need to remember why our faith is the force that produced countless saints and shaped all of Western Civilization, and why there is yet hope in the world.

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